We Love The News: Entrepreneur talks about the value of reading The News

FOR anybody looking to stay connected and network, The News has been a trusted provider since way before the days of social media.

Thursday, 18th March 2021, 11:00 am

Among its pages, you can find out about current affairs, events, new business, plus much more.

For Annelies James-Ryan, from Stubbington, the newspaper became a part of her daily life while working at a local college.

Now an entrepreneur with her own business, she says she still sees the value of the newspaper in order to be better informed of the local area.

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Annelies James-Ryan (36) from Stubbington, launched her new business 22 Midnight in January 2021. Picture: Sarah Standing (080321-4540)

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Annelies, 36, said: ‘I first came across The News when I was employed by Fareham College.

The News was active in supporting the local developments that the college was undertaking, namely careers activities, the Cemast build and apprenticeship provision.

‘When I started my own business, The News became even more important to stay connected to my local business ecosystem and opportunities.

‘I learned so much about awards, new initiatives and grew to better understand the various activities that help support and grow our local economy.’

Annelies has appeared in The News several times over the past few years, including when she was short-listed for a Business Excellence Award last year.

Her personal branding and video work, plus her hosting skills, have also seen her name in print.

She said: ‘I feel lucky to have been featured in a few stories myself around female entrepreneurship collaboration, portfolio business, awards and my new business which has responded to the post-pandemic environment.

‘It’s great to see yourself in the newspaper.’

Annelies has also produced several podcasts, including Colleagues Getting Coffee, in which she sits down with business leaders and entrepreneurs to share their success stories and Ask Annelies, in which she shares her own business tips and advice.

Annelies’ new business 22Midnight offers a range of services including personal branding, video production and event hosting.

To be expected from somebody who runs a digital agency, Annelies said she loves getting her copy of The News delivered to her online.

She said: ‘I get my digital download as often as I can and would highly recommend The News as a staple for those who want to stay in the know.’

We Love The News

The News has launched its We Love The News campaign to share some of the ways that our newspaper has touched the lives of our readers.

Whether that’s by being featured, or promoting a good cause, or uncovering some wrongdoing, or just simply landing on your doormat every day, there are many ways in which The News plays a part in our readers’ lives.

We hope to celebrate these stories - and by doing so remind everyone why buying a newspaper is such a wonderful thing to do.

If you would like to be featured, and shine a light on the ways The News has helped you, your cause, charity, campaign, or business, email [email protected]

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